Central African Republic’s long awaited presidential runoff vote will go forward Sunday alongside a second attempt at credible legislative elections, election authorities said as the two top candidates campaigned outside the capital Wednesday. The nation recovering from several years of intense communal violence between Muslims and Christians must now choose between two former prime ministers — both Christians. The presidential runoff vote has been delayed several times already, raising concerns about whether Sunday’s polls would go forward. Commission President Marie-Madéleine N’Kouet Hoornaert confirmed the voting will be held as scheduled.
The constitutional court annulled the results from the legislative elections held in late December, citing widespread irregularities, but the presidential results of the first round were validated.
Voting materials are being distributed throughout the impoverished country where some roads have not been repaved since independence from France in 1960.
More than 1,500 candidates are running for 140 seats in the National Assembly.